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Monta Ellis’ Departure in Protest?

Monta Ellis won’t be playing on this road trip. He won’t be rejoining the team until Sunday, which is when he’s schedule to fly back to Oakland, according to his agent, Jeff Fried.
But members of the organization aren’t convinced Monta’s only reason for leaving was the family matter he had to tend to. According to team sources, some believe Ellis’ sudden departure was partly a gesture of his unhappiness. Here are the reasons given by the various sources:

* He skipped the team photo shoot, which took place on Friday before the game (those type of things are always pet peeves of management)

* When Monta left, he took a lot of luggage. So much that some thought he had planned to be gone much longer than a few days.

* Ellis has been showing several signs of discontent lately. He, at times hasn’t taken part in huddles. He’s been late to shootarounds and practices without so much as an excuse. He’s been known to mumble – during moments of frustration on the court, like when he was taken out late in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City and didn’t return – that the Warriors need to trade him.

It’s obvious to me what this is about. Ellis is still upset that the Warriors are hanging the contract termination over his head even after fining him $3 million. Add to that things haven’t been going so easy on the court. His numbers are down. Nellie’s got a quicker trigger with him. His ankle stiffens up. IMHO, Ellis has a lot to be unhappy about. How he handles it, though, will be key to his growth as a player and a leader.

Marcus Thompson

  • jlight

    This doesnt manke sense to me. Just when you think things were on track. Hes not a 100%, and maybe Nelson has lost some confidence in him finishing games, until he shows hes at or near the level he was last year, but if that were the case Nelson should communicate that to him, I mean he has played a lot of minutes, more than you would expect coming off a major injury, and not having played for that long, I dont see what there is to be upset over, other than that contract mess, of course rr said that he didnt want to suspend Monta indefinitely cause that might make him try and come back to soon, well guess what, because he left the option open to void, he may have come back to soon anyway to prove hes still the same so he get that from hanging over his head. Who really knows what is going on in his head, just a lot of speculation, and the all important sources says. Prying that this all turns out to be nothing, and Monta can regain his super powers and but this contract stuff to rest.

  • jlight

    Also, if his Mom had a medical emergency, than why would anyone think his leaving was in part protesting something, and what source drove him to the airport, and than came back and told the media how much luggage he had…….hummmm, and why isnt Andres leaving for a similar reason isnt any sign of a protest?

  • MountainJim

    The game the Warriors have been playing is pretty stupid. But Monta isn’t a prime time player right now and needs to recognize that fact as well.

    Frankly, if they can get a good PG in return I don’t care if they trade him. I don’t think he’s going to become that mature player.

  • Ed

    The Dub’s have good talent. Top to bottom. Monta Ellis is a Warrior. Nellie, is The Grinch who stole Golden from the State.

    It starts with Chris Cohan and the trouble with the brass. Get it right at the top. What Chris Mullin did was make mistakes and learn. He is the best person to run this team. Next send Nellie back across the Pacific. He’s too old and washed up now.

    This team, the one right now, can play with anyone. They are a playoff team when healthy. True we need to make 1 more move, but you sign Monta, Andres, & SJax, this is thier team. Nellie and his sit-a-starter is a joke. How about we sit-a-coach, but not for one game, for good…

  • meanlarrysmith

    amount of luggage he was taking with him? This is quality journalism on our team? maybe he is an overpacker or heaven forbid a overdresser? how about some meat to this as in what the hell Monta is actually going back to the south for? The only thing Monta can fault the warriors is holding him back because of a contract disputes with Rowell et al. not that anything matters anyways since we are sitting our stars and bagging the rest of our season. Treat it as Monta’s turn to “not suit” up. lame.

  • John Starks

    For over a decade, I watched GSW devolve into a punching dummy for the NBA. Then, for one glorious year, it all came together resulting in a historical first round playoff thrashing over the number one seeded Dallas. Starting with the Baron Debacle of ’08, the team has been rapidly devolving again. Just months ago, the team was nearly complete in changing its image. They had earned respect and a few victories. The players believed. Then…poof. It’s like the W’s time-warped back to the 90s. I’m a fan but watching this team devolve is like watching a recovered alcoholic fall off the wagon.

    That said, Monta was our future. The fans embraced him immediately. The W’s organization gave him the contract he deserved. Payday, kid, you’ve earned. So when HE decided to injure his ankle and threaten his long-term productivity, I was shocked to hear how he could be upset that the team wanted to retain the ability to void the contract in the future. If Monta is not the same Monta they signed to a contract, he just screwed the W’s big time. The organization wants him as a player and I think they (Cohan? Rowell?) have grown to view Monta as “their” player. They want to keep him but can’t keep risk wasting $66M. I wish Monta would understand that it was HE who put all of us in this situation. It’s nothing personal.

  • Livermore Joe

    If this comes down to Ellis vs Nelson or Ellis vs Rowell, isn’t this just the Chris Webber situation all over again?

    How can the Warriors continue to alienate players over a coach who won’t be here in two years?

  • Kyle

    Monta is becoming a little prima donna like Baron is. Like Singletary would say, “Can’t win with them. Can’t do it.”

    I’ve been a BIG fan of his, but the fact is he plays horrendous defense and he might not ever be the same quick player. We just don’t know. You can’t play Ellis and other defensive liabilities at the same time – for instance I don’t see how you’d play CJ, Crawford or Morrow at the same time if you need to get a stop or two.

    I think we’re gonna move Monta over the summer. I think he still has a ton of value. We could get a really good player and maybe a first round pick for him.

    It was good while it lasted. It’s a shame he had to ruin this season by being an idiot. At least he’s owned up to it. Oh wait, he hasn’t?

  • nickj

    BECAUSE THE OWNERSHIP /MGMT DON’T HAVE THE VISION TO LOOK AHEAD RATHER IN THE NOW WHEN IT COMES TO THESE KIND OF ISSUES. THEY TAKE TAKE OUT THE HUMAN FACTOR AND TRY TO UTILIZE WHAT THEY MIGHT DEEM AS LOGIC. IN ROWELLS CASE BROWN NOSING IS MORE LIKE HIS COMFORT LEVEL AND HAVING A LITTLE BIG MANS COMPLEX. WITH COHAN MONEY IS HIS MAIN OBJECTIVE AND HE LIKES FLUNKIES AND YES MEN, SO ROWELL IS PERFECT. MULLIN NOT SO MUCH, AS HE HAS THAT HUMAN SIDE AS HE WAS A PLAYER AND BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT, SO HE KNOWS FROM THE PLAYERS PERSPECTIVE.

    NELSON WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO GET FIRED (WHICH HE SO GREATLY DESERVES) AND COLLECT HIS LOOT.HE INNOVATED SMALLBALL AND ALL THAT BUT HIS ACT IS TIRED AND HE DOESN’T HAVE THE ENERGY OR PATIENCE TO TEACH THE KIDS TO PLAY THE GAME THE RIGHT KIND OF WAY AND IT IS TIME TO GO AND LEAVE IT TO KEITH SMART, WHO I THINK WOULD DO A BETTER JOB OF COMMUNICATING TO THE PLAYERS AND HAS LEARNED A LOT WITH NELSON BUT WOULD BE A BETTER DEFENSIVE MINDED COACH.

  • chairmanmow

    Get rid of Monta, ever since he came back with all those stupid tattoos it’s been obvious to me that this guy just wants to cash his checks. Let him be someone else’s problem.

  • docklh

    How can we all get on Ellis’s case? He is the best player the W’s have and will get back to his top form by beginning of next year. He never was a great defender but he gets into the passing lane better than most players.

    Mark my words if you get rid of Ellis he will come back to haunt the W’s IMO.

    Don’t let him go. We need AB and ME on the W’s and we sure could use Baron back if possible.

    The one guy who NEEDS to GO is ROWELL.

    FIRE ROWELL

  • blah

    1st, Marcus your pissing me off Again with your Drama reporting. Is this US magazine?

    This report is complete BS. I respect you less every time to try to create a situation aka attention to your work with crap like this. If you really think there is something going on, get a real source to verify it. If I want drama, I’ll watch the some lame reality TV so with my GF.

    Having said that, a better notion might be, can the W’s win with Ellis. I have serious doubts. Is he AI part 2? Entertaining but never a fit into a system. Guys like him are hard to build a team around. what do you do with a small two guard? Unless you have a super big PG and they just aren’t out there. Love Monta, but I think we should trade him.

    Contract termination will be to difficult, after all the litigation the W’s at best will get only a portion of what they owe him back. Say he’s 80% what he was? They are only intitled to 20% “real loss”. I have serious doubts they can recover anything because they didn’t act immediately.

    It would be smarter to trade him. How about for B Griffin? That would also clear 6 million in cap space. If we could make a move for Boozer, that would be smart as well.

    I’m still not positive Ellis won’t work in OAK, but i’ve yet to see and Ellis-type player on a real contender. AI had a few good years but every team he’s been on has struggled with a consistant system. i.e. No way Sloan would ever want a player like him. From Ellis’ perspective he should realize only one coach, D’Antoni, would compliment his game like Nellie does.

  • commish

    Is this is a surprise? Who wouldn’t want to leave this high drama facimile of an NBA franchise? Ellis is just one more example of a screwed up front office and coach. Ellis, of course, bears the burden of blame for being young and stupid, but the rest of this mess is on the front office. Anyway, who is going to want Monta without knowing if he’ll ever be the same player. Only solution: get rid of Nelson and create a new slate. If Nelson gets his way, Randolph or Wright or both will be traded in the off season and we’ll be getting more vets like Maggette and Crawford.

  • OliverStone

    Partially Jackson’s influence. First tats, then Monta occasionally jawing at refs (never did that before),Monta’s developing a “it ain’t me” attitude, Jackson has bragged about mentoring Monta…good job!

  • Jerry

    It’s just been a rough year. Obviously it started with the Moped accident. Someday Monta will earn that he is the one who put himself and the W’s in this predicament. I guess it was like a Domino effect after that. When the losses pile up, people get upset, and stories and rumors arise. I really believe that this year should be considered a write off, as hard as that is to fathom. A year is a long time. Hopefully Monta will play some good ball to finish the season, Work hard this summer, and come back good as new next year. Hopefully. Look at the Heat from last year to this year. Monta aint no DWade, but I think he has the same fire.

    To his credit, I haven’t heard him PUBLICLY say anything that would account for all of these rumors and stories. He’s put himself in a tough situation and it’s proving harder to come out of than he probably imagined. I hope he’ll take this as a learning experience and move forward. Kudos to W’s fans, AT LEAST WE CARE!

  • Jerry

    Also what’s the point in trading him? What could we get back? Potential? Why develop a player and then let him go and start over? It takes time.

  • GSWforLIFE

    First of all, we need ME, AB, Jax! All of them are W’s.
    We need the fighting spirit back, and if we get some wins at the start of the next season we can CHANGE the whole discussion. All who say that we should get rid of Monta…Jax…will see what happens…
    WE BELIEVE!

  • Ewok

    No one is bigger than the team, than the organization.

    Not even the owner himself.

    This should be the predicate of a principle before any discussions.

    If there is something bigger than the team, It is the fanbase.

    The media operates under the cloak of freedom of speech. It is hard to tell if they use judgement with their conscience.

    Everyone else is expected to be cicumspect with their conclusions.

    The Warriors definitely has problems. Mullin was the middleground that held the balance between the players and tha management.

    Mullin was a player’s manager, not an owner’s manager. Sure he had his mistakes but he was learning and compensating these mistakes with great moves..

    He was trying to make a line up in the core of AB, EBrand, Jax, Maggette and BDiddy. Sure it didnt materialize but he had a back up plan devised.

    They removed him obviously and now the organization is paying the price for it which is only fair in my opinion but very unfair to the fans.

    I mean if Mr. Cohan is really conscious and concerned about his money, He should be directly involved with the team on a daily basis.

    More discontent is about to happen. Logically speaking.
    It all stems from the office.

    This team is talented and that’s the reason they reached this far amid the injuries but this team is not about a championship. Certainly not.

    They develop a winner, they shut it down right away the next year.

    This team has developed a tolerance for losing becuase the office is about something else.

  • http://chriscohansucks.blogspot.com/ Chris Cohan

    It’s over.

    It was over a long time ago, and I said so, and I said folks would take time to get it.

    But it’s coming.

    You tell suckers they have to cough up dough for this slop next month.

    Go ahead.

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  • blah

    AI would say…We’re talking about Photos and luggage!

    We’re talking about photos and luggage.

    We’re not talking about practice.

    We’re not even talking about a game.

    We’re talking about Photo’s and luggage.

    Marcus Get some Game….loser.

  • BaBaLoo

    Clear out all the dead wood, restructure this team & management, get a big tim basketball guy in here to change the atmosphere of ‘LoserBall’. Get a Jerry West type GM out of mothballs and have him reshape this sorry excuse for a team. Enough is enough!

  • Bill P

    Monta gets hurt doing something that he shouldnt’ have been doing… Has the surgery the team fines him, then a little after 30 games he returns… Now who in their right mind believes he picks up exactly where he left off… It will take at least a year to recover fully from a surgery of this type… He may never be exactly the same… So when he isnt still back to his prior performance level, the ankle stiffens, and probably swells, the coach diminishes his playing time… After all he is trying to win and not rehab Monta during the games. And now Monta is angry as most young men of his age are want to do.

    This has disaster written all over it… Sad part, the league will now view him as damaged goods so his tradeability is lessened, his desire to stay with the Warriors is damaged if not gone. If he keeps it up, if the reports of his behavior are true, the Warriors will cut their losses revoke the contract fight the fight and then Monta trys to re-enter now viewed as damaged goods…

    Sad thing to happen to what appears to be a very nice young with a boat load of talent… Like I said I don’t see a happy ending here.

  • TimHaradawayGSWfan

    It’s time for Nelson to go. Monta’s unhappy, Nelson wants Crawford to opt out of the last two years of his deal, he’s benching guys that should be playing. Nellie Ball doesn’t work anymore cause this isn’t the 80′s. We were good the 2 years prior to this one, but Nellie ball doesn’t work in the playoffs or for that matter the tough Western conference.

    The players will be happier, will have more time to rehab and get healthy,and it seems like they want to play for someone else.

  • A’s in 2009

    You airballed this one, Mr. Thompson. Monta was visiting his SICK MOM!! :oops:

  • Dirt Pit

    It wasn’t a sick mom, His moped was finally out of the shop.